Most Anticipated Book Releases of 2022

by Victoria Bromley

A new year, another year of new books from our favourite authors

Happy new year! While 2021 was the most challenging year for many people in different ways, it was a year where getting lost in a book was more important than ever. While we hope 2022 will be a better and more Covid free year, there are many book releases that everyone can get excited about.

It’s going to be a great year filled with some amazing new work from incredible writers. We reached out to people in the book community and asked them what 2022 book releases they’re most looking forward to.

Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh

Via Penguin Books

Ottessa Moshregh’s an American author with many published books including My Year of Rest and Resolution and Death in Her Hands.

Released 23rd June 2022 by Penguin Books, Lapvona is a novel about a young boy, the son of the village shepherd and whose mother died in childbirth, who bonds with a blind midwife who has a special gift. Penguin Books calls it a “spellbinding novel”.

Rich told us that he loves Ottessa Moshfegh’s work. He said: “I find her books quite unique and slightly morbid at times!”

Our editor in chief, Charlie, is also looking forward to this book release. She said: “Moshfegh’s books are always so delightfully weird and bewildering, I just can’t wait to see what else her twisted imagination has come up with. And the cover? Stunning.”

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

Via Penguin Random House

Hanya Yanagihara is the author of A Little Life and The People in the Trees.

Released 11th January 2022 by Penguin Random House, To Paradise is set in three timelines (1894 New York, 1993 Manhattan, and 2093) which all join together through themes which intertwine. The book deals with many deep and gripping themes such as the AIDS epidemic and totalitarianism.

Becca told us that she can’t wait for this book release because she loves Yanagihara’s poetic and descriptive writing. She said: “I’ve only read A Little Life and the content was so jarring and horrific, but [it was] sort of made to sound a bit softer because of the style of writing. I also am interested to see if this new work of theirs will be a little easier to read in terms of content.”

The River of Silver by S. A. Chakraborty

Via Waterstones

S. A. Chakraborty is an American historical fantasy author of The City of Brass, The Kingdom of Copper and The Empire of Gold.

Released 1st March 2022 by Harper Collins Publishers, The River of Silver expands upon the Daevabad Trilogy narrating events before, during and after her other books. Harper Collins says that this book is filled with “magic and wonder”.

Pat told us that it’s difficult for her to just pick one book but she’s very much looking forward to The River of Silver. She said: “I absolutely loved The Daevabad Trilogy and I’ve been wanting to read more from the world and the characters.”

Gallant by V. E. Schwab

Via Foyles

V. E. Schwab is the much loved author of the novels The Invisible Life of Addie Larue, A Darker Shade of Magic, and Vengeful.

Released 1st March 2022, Waterstones calls Gallant “a gloriously gothic extravaganza”. A girl called Olivia receives a letter inviting her to an estate called Gallant. However, when she gets there, she finds that her uncle who sent the letter is dead. A book of magic and darkness.

Bethan told us that she loves every book she’s read by Schwab’s. She said: “The way she writes is beautiful and I find myself completely absorbed in the worlds she creates. The bar is high but I have no doubt I’ll love this work just as much as the rest.”

Time is a Mother by Ocean Vuong

Via Penguin Books

Ocean Vuong is the author of the sensational novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous and poetry book Night Sky With Exit Wounds.

Released 7th April 2022 by Penguin Books, Time is a Mother is Vuong’s second poetry collection about grief, loss, family and survival.

Charlie, our editor in chief, said: “Ocean Vuong has quickly become one of my favourite authors and his new poetry collection is bound to be as beautifully as always. He released a poetry snippet the other day and I just can’t wait!”

Here are five incredibly highly anticipated book releases of 2022. What books are you most looking forward to this year?

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